Governor won’t push for suspension of Clayton County sheriff

Here’s the just-issued press release from the governor’s office:

After careful evaluation of the facts in the case and the applicable state law, Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that he will not appoint a panel to consider the suspension of Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill.

Deal has concluded that the law outlining the procedures for the suspension of public officials under indictment applies only to officials indicted while holding their elected office.

Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 45-5-6, the governor must appoint a three-member panel to investigate the indictment of a public official. The law defines “public official” as “any elected county officer.” Victor Hill was indicted on Feb. 29, 2012, at which time he was a private citizen and not an elected county officer. Therefore, state law prohibits the appointment of a suspension panel at this time.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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29 comments Add your comment

Look before I leap...

January 3rd, 2013
5:04 pm

So what happens if Hill is convicted?

Voter

January 3rd, 2013
5:04 pm

Sign me up. Clayton County deserves him.
So exactly what other jobs in Georgia can I apply to with an indictment for felony corruption and racketeering charges?

Jim S.

January 3rd, 2013
5:06 pm

Sounds like a valid assessment of the law…I wonder if there will be a bill dropped to address this issue…

LOL

January 3rd, 2013
5:11 pm

Have you ever been to, or through Clayton County? They elected one of thier own, “Attitude reflects leadership” and leaders are elected by a county that has issues with education, crime and drugs.

Synonymous

January 3rd, 2013
5:13 pm

A criminal protecting another criminal. Unsurprised. But check me if I’m wrong, wasn’t he indicted for things he did while he was Sheriff? He just happened to actually be indicted for the criminal behavior AFTER he had left the Sheriff’s office?

Honestly, who cares anymore? The people in Clayton county are apparently only concerned with one thing when they vote for their county leaders: whether the person is black or not.

taco

January 3rd, 2013
5:16 pm

If you want to see Georgia’s future, just watch this little video of immigrant assimilation in Dalton, brought to you by the Republican Party of Georgia.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5gOjBZ6B6Y&feature=player_embedded#!

tim c

January 3rd, 2013
5:16 pm

as a citizen and business owner this is a disgrace and something needs to be done!at least speed up his trial so he can be convicted and put in jail where he belongs

Kris

January 3rd, 2013
5:17 pm

Crooks of the feather flock together….

Bye Shady deal 2014

Retired Soldier

January 3rd, 2013
5:18 pm

Have you seen the new signs at the county line? Welcome to Clayton County, home of Walking Small.

Jase

January 3rd, 2013
5:18 pm

The fact that Victor “Jive-Talkin” Hill was elected still cracks me up.

yellowdog

January 3rd, 2013
5:25 pm

dumb appears to count for everything in clayton county….deal just found a way out of “dealing” with the situation; political posturing id say…

first2FIGHT

January 3rd, 2013
5:32 pm

I cant speak for his alleged charges but I know he ruffled a lot of feathers when he began cleaning up CLAYCO. I have never lived in the county but I do know he lowered the crime rate and the DUI/License checkpoints really put him on the hot seat bc he was killing the pink pony clientel. I think he did a great job so great they wanted him out. Before you convict the guy look at who brought the charges up… his opponent. He won the job so until they prove he did something wrong whats the problem?

Bob

January 3rd, 2013
5:33 pm

Innocent until proven guilty

Lord help

January 3rd, 2013
5:34 pm

Who would even think about living in Clayton Co.

Foot Soldier

January 3rd, 2013
5:35 pm

Synonymous, Whom did black people learn that from ? like so many other things, white people who have been doing it all their lives in this country, and all over this world where they exsist, from generation to generation, one of their own LOL this whole state has issues with education, crime and drugs,just as they do in other states, in this country, and all over the world

Horsetoothedjackass

January 3rd, 2013
5:35 pm

Gov. Deal must really want to win Clayton County when he’s up for reelection…..

Hill’s POST certification has been revoked and he can only serve six months without it and with his criminal trial delayed until later this year, he won’t have it back by then (As his certification will remain revoked until the criminal case has been tried.).

Without his POST certification, Victor Hill is nothing more than a figurehead, as he cannot serve warrants or make arrests, which is funny considering his self-proclaimed “crimefighter” title. He can’t be a “crimefighter” without his POST certification. He should do the right thing and suspend himself until the criminal case has been settled. As long as he remains Sheriff, there will be a cloud over him and the office. If he’s found innocent, he can return to office.

ldb

January 3rd, 2013
5:36 pm

he will probably walk on all the charges also or they will be trown out. he’s a bully and i dont care for the guy

first2FIGHT

January 3rd, 2013
5:41 pm

When so many people dislike you as a person but they dont speak on your job performance sounds like he was doing a good job of cleaning up the county. Please stop always making things about white or black . I charged that to lack of education and vocabulary. Georgia is the most AZZ backwards state full of small minded people.

Clayton Co Resident

January 3rd, 2013
5:44 pm

Please stop assuming that everyone in Clayton County wanted Victor Hill as their sheriff. 40% of the population voted against him. I voted against him in the primary and in the general election. Not everyone in Clayton County is ignorant. It is a shame that Clayton County has become the joke. I have lived here all my life and I am disappointed in the direction that my county has gone. But good people do live here and we are trying to do things right.

Ralph

January 3rd, 2013
5:44 pm

The legislature needs to change the law mandating that an elected sheriff must hold or obtain a current, active peace officer certification to take office. Hill’s police certification is suspended, so he cannot actively perform any duties as a peace officer, such as arrests, warrants, etc. The law says he can be a sheriff since he was elected, but he cannot perform any law enforcement duties. That doesn’t make sense. Hill is known for trying to be the “police” in Clayton County. He is not the police and is not responsible for day to day police- that is the job of Clayton County Police.

James H Newsome

January 3rd, 2013
5:44 pm

The sad reality is that the voters of Clayton County re-elected this caliber of person. Doesn’t say much about the majority of the voters does it?

mothers concerns

January 3rd, 2013
5:50 pm

All counties are having problems, but one thing I know Hill clean up the neighbor and my house wouldn’t have been broken in after he left office. The other sheriff mess hasn’t come out yet and he will go to court to prove himself. If you don’t live in Clayton County stay off Clayton News.

Ellen

January 3rd, 2013
5:53 pm

The sad reality is that the voters of Georgia elected Deal as governer even knowing he was a disgraced congressman rife with ethical misconduct. But you can’t fight stupid.

A JOKE

January 3rd, 2013
5:56 pm

Clayton County? That county is now only good for one thing! CRIME! Joke of a School Board, Sheriff, County Commission, etc. Make you think you are entering a third world country when you pass through there. It was once a great place to live until the middle 90’s.

Brian

January 3rd, 2013
6:00 pm

PEOPLE: This man has not convicted of any crime. I hate if any of you are on the jury. But I guess that’s what Georgia is all about now. Guilty until proven Innocent……

Curtis

January 3rd, 2013
6:06 pm

How many Sheriff has anyone seen make an actual arrest. The Sheriff Position is an elected official. Victor Hill is Innocent until proven guilt. There are a lot of elected official and politicians who has been convicted of a crime, but are still in office to include Black and White. I do not live or work in Clayton County, but from people that i know that either live or work there wanted him back….

lclark

January 3rd, 2013
6:09 pm

Hill did a good job when he was sheriff the first time so what is the big deal. people who get mad are the ones who dont know what he did or did not do. sheriff kimbro was and is still a snake just like many people who are and have been in office that all races voted for. look who we have for gov. of the state of Ga. and the crooks in the captiol now why not cry about them when the people voted. if you are so unhappy run for any office you want and let the news bring up yours and your family good past and background i bet you will sit in the background from now on.

Just Wait

January 3rd, 2013
6:35 pm

Hill’s law enforcement certification is suspended and he has no power of arrest. Be honest, he isn’t going to actually arrest anybody anyway. He is not personally going to serve a search warrant. The reason for state law requiring sheriffs to hold certification is to keep Joe Citizen from being sheriff. The position requires knowledge of law and procedures. Hill’s problem, and that of his department, will be that they have no credibility as law enforcers while the sheriff awaits trial for felonies. Fortunately, the sheriff is only required to run the jail, serve warrants and protect the court house. Anything else is extra.

Logical Reasoning

January 4th, 2013
2:17 pm

Governor Deal will never ‘win’ clayton county so the excuse of political posturing is absurd. The law is as plain as day, and you know Victor Hill’s attorneys are just dying for the governor to step in so they can sue the state. Thats a whole pot of your tax $$$ down the drain if the state had to fight that. Let a strict and clear state law on POST certified sheriffs take Victor Hill out, instead of spending a lot of OUR tax money on a fight in court. Am I right?